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People Need People Becomes Higher Growth Search, a Staffing and HR Services Firm for the Cannabis Industry

Today People Need People becomes Higher Growth Search, a staffing and HR services firm for the cannabis industry.

For years, cannabis-based businesses comprised a small and unregulated industry, and there was therefore little need for attention to compliance and employment regulations. However, with the legalization of cannabis came both a flood of new talent into and an increased spotlight on the industry, and many cannabis businesses need outside guidance to keep up with these new demands.

People Need People was founded in 2017 in Oakland, CA by Stacy Bryant, an industry veteran who began her expansive career in the industry at the age of 16. People Need People was built as a boutique staffing company geared towards the cannabis industry, and it expanded across Northern California, maintaining relationships with some of today’s most well-known brands.

“I am excited to be joining Higher Growth Search at such a critical time for the cannabis industry,” remarked Bryant, managing director of Higher Growth Search. “Legalization has created new challenges for business owners, who now cannot rely solely on their expertise with cannabis, but must also quickly come to understand employment law and implement new policies to remain in compliance. It’s clear that not only does the cannabis industry ‘Need People,’ but it also needs to properly hire, manage, and retain them so that their businesses can grow.”

Higher Growth Search’s vision is to help legitimize the cannabis industry by giving businesses resources to manage and care for their employees, institute and maintain safe workplaces, and find and retain the right talent for each role and company.

“By staffing our company with not only experts from the cannabis space, but also from the staffing and human resources management side,” said CEO Joe Madigan, “we’ve positioned Higher Growth Search to become a strong business partner who understands both where cannabis companies are coming from and how to get them where they want to go.”

Drawing from experience in helping businesses of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises and across nearly every industry represented in California for the last 50 years, Higher Growth Search brings a wealth of knowledge and support to the cannabis industry. Higher Growth Search also has deep knowledge of the local job markets and a wide network of highly talented workers, along with experience staffing for the wine, beer and spirit fields and other highly regulated industries, making this new company a strong presence as it enters the cannabis industry. 
To learn more about Higher Growth Search, visit highergrowthsearch.com.

About Higher Growth Search 
With nearly fifty years’ experience in the staffing, HR, and payroll space, as well as years of working directly with cannabis-focused companies, Higher Growth Search is the foundation on which businesses in the cannabis industry grow. We relieve you of the burden of providing payroll administration, compliance, staffing, and human resources services and apply our deeply-rooted expertise with HR processes and management across industries to your business. Visit highergrowthsearch.com for more information.

Posted in: Education,Employment,Professional Services,U.S

Language On's English School in Orlando Set for Expansion

As Language On’s South Florida campuses continue to grow, so too does its newest school in Orlando. Opened in December 2018, Language On Orlando has already reached near capacity and is in the process of expanding its facilities located near the Dr. Phillips area south of downtown Orlando. Campus director Jesus Prato confirmed that Language On Orlando’s campus expansion project is well underway. Prato pointed out that “once our facilities expansion is complete, we will be equipped with five new large classrooms for up to 15 students, which is the maximum number of students we ever put together in a class, as well as a new student lounge area. This will allow us to continue to grow in Orlando and serve the increasing need for high-quality English and foreign language instruction in the region.”

Students from around the world enroll in Language On's Intensive English Course in Orlando and Vacation English Course. Language On's English school in Orlando is located at 2448 Sand Lake Road and is open daily on weekdays.

Posted in: Education,U.S

With College Decision Day Just Around the Corner, Students Have Much to Consider

In less than two weeks, on May 1, prospective college freshmen all over the country will have to make a decision about where they will enroll next fall. But before students make their College Decision Day selection, many will need to consider and compare financial aid offers from different schools.

This can be an exciting but stressful time for families as they weigh which school best fits their student’s needs academically and socially against which school is the best fit for their family from a financial standpoint. One of the biggest factors in choosing a college is cost, but comparing financial aid award notifications can sometimes be difficult because different schools have different resources, so financial aid offers—and the way they are presented—can vary greatly.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has developed an Award Notification Comparison Worksheet that students can utilize to help make the process of reviewing financial aid award offers a bit simpler. The worksheet includes a glossary of terms commonly found in award notifications and provides tips students can follow when comparing financial aid offers.

“Too many students end up not enrolling in college because they think they won’t be able to afford it or don’t fully understand their options,” said Megan Coval, NASFAA vice president of policy and federal relations. “With this tool we’re aiming to demystify the financial aid process so parents and student can more clearly understand what is being offered and what the terms are of that aid. As decision day approaches, financial aid administrators across the country also stand at the ready to help answer any outstanding questions, no matter how small, about paying for college.”

NASFAA encourages prospective students and parents to reach out to financial aid offices at potential schools with any lingering questions. To request an interview with a NASFAA spokesperson about what students and parents should take into consideration when making their college-going decisions, please email powerse@nasfaa.org or call (202) 785-6959.

About NASFAA

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit http://www.nasfaa.org.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Capstone Development Partners and University of Massachusetts Boston’s New Residence and Dining Hall Partnership Named Best Public-Private Partnership Development

Capstone Development Partners (“Capstone”) announced that the New Residence and Dining Hall at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was awarded the Best Public-Private Partnership Development at the Student Housing Business Ninth Annual Innovator Awards ceremony held April 11th in Austin, TX. The project was selected among 115 student housing development nominees encompassing a total of 23 award categories. The project was judged on multiple criteria including: how it solved a unique need for the university; served as a win-win-win for the school, its residents in the project and the developer; building architecture; design into the campus fabric; and the project’s performance relative to budget and schedule.

The new residence hall is the first on-campus housing at the University and houses more than 1,000 first year and transfer students and includes a 500-seat dining hall that serves the entire campus.

The UMass Boston New Residence and Dining Hall, was developed by Capstone in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston and University of Massachusetts Building Authority in a public-private partnership.

“This is a wonderful recognition of the vision, planning, direction and oversight of the project by the ‘public’ partners, the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, the UMass Building Authority, and UMass Boston, and the creative transaction and development execution by the ‘private’ partners, Provident Commonwealth Educational Resources, Capstone Development Partners, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Shawmut Design and Construction, and COCM,” said Jeff Jones, Capstone Principal.

The Project was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects; constructed by Shawmut Design and Construction; and the project is operated by COCM. The engineering team included Haley Aldrich, Nitsch Engineering, WSP, McNamara Salvia and AHA Engineering. Copley Wolff Design Group was the Project’s landscape architect. The Project was financed with tax-exempt bonds and is owned by Provident Commonwealth Educational Resources, a 501(c)3 non-profit owner. 

Posted in: Education,U.S

Blue Pillar Launches Partnership Program to Accelerate Value-Added Energy Service and Application Adoption

Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) network solutions provider for facility-based data and control systems, today announced the launch of its Building Blocks Partnership Program (“BBPP”) with over 30 new members. The breadth and size of the partnership program makes it one of the largest IoT partnership programs in the market. Blue Pillar’s partners offer market leading IoT technology, system enablement, deployment, consulting, and value-added applications and services, which complement Blue Pillar’s ability to build and operate best-in-class, facility-based IoT networks via their award-winning Aurora® connectivity and control platform. The combined, fully integrated end-to-end solutions created by these partnerships will provide Commercial and Industrial (“C&I”) facility operators with lower cost IoT networking options and unprecedented flexibility in how their facility information can be leveraged to make them more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

“Blue Pillar believes that it will take an ecosystem of companies fueled by open collaboration to accelerate the adoption of new energy services and applications,” said Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar. “Traditional connectivity and control networks in the energy space have been proprietary, application-specific networks installed to support a particular vendor application or equipment type leaving facility operators with siloed data streams and limited choice amongst vendors. The BBPP program is the first partnership program which showcases how IoT networks can be completely independent from the equipment they connect, the sensors they use, and who installs them, while also being open and interoperable with value-added service provider or application providers.”

The BBPP is structured into two partnership categories: System Enablement and Solution Enablement. System Enablement partners are comprised of technology, installation, and communication services providers who are focused on the cost-effective building of facility-based IoT networks, while Solution Enablement partners are comprised of value-added services and application providers who leverage these networks to create tangible benefits for C&I customers. These value-added solution providers cover the spectrum of energy management, demand response, distributed energy resource management (DER), microgrids, energy efficiency, and centralized facility management.

BBPP System Enablement partners announced today are: 

    • Technology: Aquana, CE+T Energy Solutions, CircuitMeter, Covalen, Horner Automation Group, LeClanché, Monnit, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., and Power Standards Lab

 

 

  • Deployment: Dailey Electric, M2 Electric, Mad Dash Field Services, The Vanjen Group and Wayne Electric

 

BBPP Solution Enablement partners announced today are:

 

    • Energy Service Providers: Customized Energy Solutions, Drift Marketplace, GreenSync, Nexant, Rodan Energy Solutions, Sparkfund, Voltus

 

 

    • Strategic Energy Consultants: Chateau Energy Solutions, GlideNet, Rexel, The Plan Consulting Group (TPCG)

 

 

  • Application Solution Providers: AutoGrid, Building Clarity, Canary Labs, Collaborative Work Environment (CWE), eSight Energy, Logical Buildings, MACH Energy

 

Membership in the partnership program has several benefits. System Enablement partners are given priority by Blue Pillar to be used in the implementation of IoT networks. Solution Enablement Partners will be introduced to Blue Pillar’s C&I customer base as “pre-integrated” solutions, which can be easily deployed to solve their energy or operational challenges. In addition, Solution Enablement partners have the ability to earn incentives through a built-in referral program if they utilize Blue Pillar as their facility-based network provider in their new customer opportunities. Interested partners can learn more about the program at http://www.bluepillar.com/partners

About Blue Pillar 
Blue Pillar connects the things that power our world. The only IoT solution which utilizes end-to-end software automation to simplify IoT deployments, Blue Pillar unleashes the power of real-time data to strengthen critical infrastructure and accelerate business. With Blue Pillar, companies have unprecedented insight into their energy needs to become more efficient and have peace of mind that when the grid goes down, their business will continue forward. Learn more at bluepillar.com or on Twitter at @bluepillarinc.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Family Firm Institute Announces 2018 Quarter 4 Graduates of its Global Education Network (GEN) Certificate Programs in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising

The Family Firm Institute, Inc. has granted certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), and Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) to a distinguished group of professionals in the family enterprise field. The FFI Global Education Network http://www.ffigen.org/curriculum has been developed by The Family Firm Institute, Inc., and is the gold standard educational program for advisors and consultants working with families in business and families of wealth. The program benefits both family business advisors and their clients by establishing and providing objective and research-based professional standards for advisors to family-owned enterprises and families of wealth.

The following students received Certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), and Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) in the first quarter of 2019.

Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) 
Beatriz Boza 
Ernst & Young 
Lima, Perú

Tadeusz Dulian 
Deloitte Advisory Sp. z o. o. 
Kraków, Poland

Ben Showalter 
Northwest Farm Credit Services 
Cheney, Washington USA

Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) 
Michael Blacksburg 
Independent Consultant 
Durham, North Carolina USA

Joy Chufan Chen 
Ernst & Yong Hong Kong Office 
Hong Kong

Michel Prent 
BDO Advisory BV 
Utrecht, Netherlands

Dual Certificates (CFBA, CFWA) 
Jessica J. Garner 
Stevard LLC 
Chicago, Illinois USA

Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) 
David Harland 
FINH 
Brisbane, Australia

Jií Hnilica, 
University of Economics—Prague 
Prague, Czech Republic

Aleš Kubíek, 
University of Economics—Prague 
Prague, Czech Republic

Built for busy professionals, FFI GEN (http://www.ffigen.org/) delivers world-class curriculum, unparalleled access to faculty and thought leaders, and connections to a global network of specialists in the field.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Urgency of Civility--What Can Be Done to Turn the Tide? Special Conference to Be Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Va April 30 to May 1

Time is running out to register for the Urgency of Civility—A Springboard for Action conference. Held at the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30—May 1, this hands-on summit will bring together organizations and individuals who are all working to restore civility in society. A reenactment of President Washington’s first inauguration will set the stage for probing discussion and innovative training with the objective of providing the resources needed to stem the tide of incivility.

Choose from six tracks:

Government – How does incivility manifest in government and politics, national, state, and local? How does incivility impede all peoples’ voices from being heard, and make it more difficult to reach common ground? Are there any positive signs that civility can re-emerge? We will explore what various actors – elected officials, government employees, and citizens – can do and are already doing to promote civility.

Workplace – How does incivility manifest in workplaces? How is it experienced by customers, employees, managers, and executives? Who are the perpetrators, targets, and bystanders in acts of incivility? This track will explore what anyone affected by incivility in the workplace can do to increase civility in workplace relationships.

Communities – How does incivility manifest in communities? What are the signs of incivility? What are practices that encourage civility to increase? We will explore what various community actors, including civic organizations, religious organizations, community organizations, and individuals can do to counter incivility and defend and increase civility.

Media (social and public) – Social media platforms and news media organizations are frequently accused of furthering incivility, by promoting, publicizing, even profiting from it. What needs to change, and how to make this occur? What are the incentives and disincentives to their doing so? What actions are social media and journalism taking to help civility stage a comeback? This track will explore the possibilities for what roles these vital institutions can play, and how all of us can be wise consumers as well as advocates for increased civility.

Education – How does incivility show up in schools – elementary, middle, and high schools – and on college and university campuses? What are schools and colleges/universities doing to teach and practice civility at each of these levels? Are they doing less than they used to? What more needs to be done? We will explore the roles that educators, educational administrators, parents, and of course students themselves play and can play to strengthen civility.

Families and Youth – Does civility begin at home, and start in childhood? Certainly, habits of behavior, how to treat others, and how to discuss and resolve conflicts are all begun early. What can family members, especially parents, do to raise children who are thoughtful problem-solvers and engaged citizens? Do families need help in doing this from other institutions in society? This track will explore the critical role played by families and youth in creating a society characterized by civility.

Among the highlights of the conference will be honoring the Father of Civility, Dr. PM Forni as a Civility Pioneer.

Register today at Civility--A Springboard for Action.

Single-day and student rates are available.

For more information: info@CivilityConvening.org

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Media & Communications,U.S

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Awarded the 2019 MEDA Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, the Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, has won the “2019 “Hall of Fame” award from the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA: www.medamd.com).  MEDA is a highly respected and economic development organization of Maryland, USA. All EDOs, business leaders, consultants and economic development professionals belong to this state-wide organization.    

Meda in its press release stated, “MEDA Hall of Fame: Pradeep Ganguly. A member of MEDA since 1984, Ganguly has more than 30 years of service in economic development. Ganguly was most recently the executive vice president of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a former director for the Department of Economic Development in Montgomery County. He spent 21 years with DBED, which is now known as the Maryland Department of Commerce. Through it all, Ganguly has given what time he has to MEDA while balancing the demands of a busy job. He also makes it a point to give back to the community. In 1988, Ganguly founded MKK-USA, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support and humanitarian aid.” https://www.medamd.com/program-development/maryland-economic-development-association-announces-winners-of-2019-meda-awards/

Dr. Ganguly is the only Indian-American in Maryland and the Washington, DC region of USA to have been bestowed this high recognition and honor.  The award will be presented to Dr. Ganguly on April 29, 2019 during the Annual Convention of MEDA to be held at the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge, MD.

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Ganguly, with best wishes for continued success.

For further information, contact Mr. Asheesh Jain

Posted in: Education,Non Profit,Public Affairs,U.S

SIUE’s Wilhelm Introduces Nonprescription Drug Reference Guide

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s (SOP) Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, along with co-editor Cortney Mospan, PharmD, introduced the newly revised “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs Quick Reference” at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting held March 22-25 in Seattle.

A clinical associate professor in the SOP Department of Pharmacy Practice, Wilhelm authored four chapters and co-edited the publication. Mospan is an assistant professor of pharmacy at Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences in Indian Trail, N.C. She also serves as a clinical pharmacist with Dilworth Drug and Wellness Center.

The quick reference handbook is intended to be a companion guide to the “APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs.”

“The purpose of the ‘Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs’ is a comprehensive textbook that introduces the student pharmacist to nonprescription medicines and provides self-care faculty with a robust background for teaching,” Wilhelm said. “The Quick Reference is the next step in knowledge management and evolution.

“It provides a focus on the application of key concepts from the ‘Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs’ in a smaller, more digestible format, which allows for the development of confidence in student pharmacists and mid-level practitioners. For practicing pharmacists and preceptors, it can be used to clarify knowledge, reinforce clinical decision-making and serve as a review tool to maintain competency.”

A similar book previously had been written, but the author chose not to continue. When Wilhelm and Mospan were the first to advise the original author about their interest in continuing the project, they became partners. They accepted the project and modified the format, so that it is a QuEST SCHOLAR MAC approach to chapters.

     QuEST SCHOLAR MAC is a systematic approach to patient assessment. It helps pharmacists to gather and evaluate information about the patient’s problem or symptom(s) and overall health, differentiate self-treatable conditions from those that require medical referral, and counsel the patient regarding the best treatment option, ranging from no treatment to over-the-counter medication to referral to a healthcare provider.

A native of Garnett, Kansas, Wilhelm earned a doctorate of pharmacy in 2002 from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Before joining SIUE in 2008, Wilhelm was pharmacy manager for Hen House Pharmacy in the Kansas City area. In that role, she was also primary preceptor for the University of Kansas/Hen House Pharmacy community pharmacy residency program.

Wilhelm’s clinical specialty area is community-based pharmacy practice. She is the clinical community pharmacist with Schnucks Pharmacy in Edwardsville. Her interests include delivery of patient care services, medication therapy management, disease state education and self-care. Other areas of interest relate to health and wellness such as immunizations and preventative screenings.

The “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs Quick Reference” can be purchased at ebusiness.pharmacist.com.

Today’s pharmacists improve patients’ lives through the medication and education they provide. Dedicated to developing a community of caring pharmacists, the SIUE School of Pharmacy curriculum is nationally recognized as a model that offers students a unique combination of classroom education, research, community service and patient care. The School of Pharmacy’s areas of excellence include a drug design and discovery core; pediatric practice; chronic pain research and practice; and diabetes research and practice. As the only downstate Illinois pharmacy doctorate program, the SIUE School of Pharmacy is addressing the growing need for highly trained pharmacists in a rapidly growing field.

Photo (L-R): SIUE Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Miranda Wilhelm, with co-editor Cortney Mospan of Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has announced the eighteen winners of their 2019 scholarship program. Ten thousand dollars will be awarded to each of the students for a total of 0,000 to pursue their careers in the agriculture industry. The recipients are: 

  • Laura Antizzo of Ijamsville, Maryland, a senior at Urbana High School
  • Kaitlin Bell of Nottingham, Pennsylvania, a senior at Oxford Area High School
  • Ryan Bollinger of Frederick, Maryland, a senior at Frederick High School
  • Cahlen Cheatham of Myersville, Maryland, a sophomore at Tarleton State University
  • Nyah DeValle of Damascus, Maryland, a senior at Damascus High School
  • Emily Griswold of West Chester, Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Amanda Grube of Manheim, Pennsylvania, a sophomore at Penn State University
  • Giulianna Kukor of Frederick, Maryland, a freshman at Cornell University
  • Karalyn Lonngren of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Justin Petrie of Stephens City, Virginia, a freshman at Virginia Tech
  • Lesa Ransburg of Finksburg, Maryland, a senior at Westminster High School
  • Olivia Richart of North East, Maryland, a junior at Penn State University
  • Jamie Stephan of New Holland, Pennsylvania, a senior at Pequea Valley High School
  • Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman of Holtwood, Pennsylvania, a senior at Penn Manor High School
  • Lynne Thomas of Fallston, Maryland, a senior at North Harford High School
  • Andrew Toms of Walkersville, Maryland, attending the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Nathaniel Vincent of Laurel, Delaware, a junior at Harvard University
  • Leslie Webb of Greenwood, Delaware, a senior at Lake Forest High School

“We are excited to award the winners of this year’s scholarship program,” says Dale Hershey, Chairman of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. “The Board is confident in the futures of all eighteen students and the agriculture industry.”

The non-profit Foundation was established in 2015 and is funded by participating association MidAtlantic Farm Credit. The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement’s scholarship program awards scholarships valued at ,000 to high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an advanced educational program. The applicants must be planning to pursue a career in agriculture and reside in a county within MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s five-state territory.

“We received more than 100 applications again this year from students across our region, making the selection process a challenging one,” adds Hershey. “I would encourage any student pursuing a career in agriculture to apply for our scholarship program this year.”

For more information about the Foundation and scholarship program, please visit fcfoundationforag.org.

About Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement 
The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a M non-profit foundation formed in 2015, created to help advance the future of agriculture. The Foundation’s scholarship program is open to all students residing in MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s five-state territory who fit the eligibility requirements. The scholarship program was announced as part of Farm Credit’s 100th anniversary, held in 2016.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Just Released White Paper: Benchmarking Digital Advancement

mStoner, Inc., and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announce the release of a white paper, Benchmarking Digital Advancement.

The white paper, based on interviews and a survey conducted in 2018, reflects how advancement tools, practices, and attitudes are evolving toward integrated, digitally enabled outreach and engagement for colleges and universities with their key stakeholders such as alumni, donors, parents, and others. The 2018 research builds on a decade of other surveys focusing on the use of social media and other digital fundraising and outreach tactics and strategies.

“Communications and marketing activities that support the work of advancement are key to an ‘integrated advancement function.’ CASE is pleased to once again have partnered with mStoner on this type of research, part of our overall AMAtlas initiative,” said Fred Weiss, chief research and data officer at CASE.

The survey of digital advancement focused on how schools, colleges and universities use various digital tools and techniques in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing. The white paper explores how higher ed is adopting various digital tools and integrating them into advancement more broadly.

In addition to questions exploring how colleges and universities used social and digital media and other tools in their advancement activities, mStoner and CASE researched: the reporting relationships of the chief marketing officer (CMO) and chief advancement officer (CAO); how institutional brands and campaign brands related; and which teams were responsible for important activities such as meeting enrollment goals and engaging alumni and donors.

Here are four significant findings from this research: 

  • 60 percent of institution's CMOs and CAOs report to the CEO. At 21 percent of institutions, the person acting as CMO reports to the CAO, and at 17 percent of institutions, there’s another reporting structure in place. At 2 percent of institutions, the CAO reports to the CMO.
  • 57 percent of institutions report that they have one or more staff members who manage social media.
  • At 65 percent of institutions, “create, sustain, improve brand image” is one of the most important goals for social media.
  • 65 percent of respondents say they are "somewhat successful" at using social media to achieve their goals.

 

The white paper identifies benchmarks for overall characteristics and specific behaviors that indicate how institutions are progressing on adopting various components of digital advancement. For example, while 67 percent of respondents indicated that their institutions have experimented with digitally powered fundraising such as crowdsourcing or Giving Days, only 26 percent of respondents said that their institution was using a scoring system for alumni and donors — a form of “net promoter” scoring.

According to Michael Stoner, president and co-founder of mStoner, Inc., and the author of the white paper, “Businesses are moving toward becoming digitally enabled — making digital tools and practices part of every aspect of the business. These benchmarks are really the first step at enabling colleges and universities to explore where they are on adopting a range of digital advancement tools and practices. We hope that they can serve as conversation-starters for staff as we move forward in an era when digital tools and practices will be commonplace and a foundation for engagement with everyone.”

mStoner, Inc. is a digital-first agency committed to tailored solutions that deliver real results. We craft powerful, tailored, human-centric experiences to illuminate your brand and allow you to tell the story only you can tell. We connect you with the right audience at the right time so you can form right-fit relationships. We position your team for improved productivity, sustainable growth, internal alignment, and proof-positive success. And we aim to make your job fun again and help you create inspired work that you are proud to show off. Since 2001, we’ve worked with more than 350 colleges, universities, and professional schools in the U.S. and abroad. For much more, visit our website at mStoner.com.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Julio Gonzalez, CEO of Engineered Tax Services is Elected as National Finance Chairman for RNHA

Republican National Hispanic Assembly Elects New Board Members and Grows its National Leadership Team.

The Board provides the organizational leadership required to carry out the mission. They promote the fundamental principles and values of republicanism throughout the Hispanic American community in the United States.

The National Finance Chairman will be Julio Gonzalez, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Engineered Tax Services, Inc., a nationally licensed engineering firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida with 15 offices nationwide and over 140 employees and consultants. ETS works with many of the Top 100 CPA firms and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

Julio is a well-respected leader in his field, as well as in the tax reform world. Amongst many of his talents, Julio has an extensive track record of speaking at national events on topics such as cost segregation, historic tax credits, opportunity zone, research and development, and emerging tax programs.

About Republican National Hispanic Assembly 
The RNHA is an American political organization founded in 1967 that was formally recognized by the RNC a few years later. Its purpose is to develop and effectively educate a strong Republican Hispanic constituency throughout the nation. The participation of citizens of Hispanic heritage in the American political process and the Republican Party is critical; we encourage able and qualified Americans who are registered Republican voters, to seek office at all levels of government.

About ETS 
Engineered Tax Services, Inc. (ETS) is a licensed engineering firm that focuses on federal, state, and local tax benefits. Founder and CEO, Julio Gonzalez, is an expert in tax reform whose strong presence is helping define our current tax laws. Under Gonzalez's guidance and true insight into how the industry is shaping, Engineered Tax Services is one of the largest, fastest growing, and most innovative engineering, energy, and specialty tax credit services firm in the country. Visit us at http://www.engineeredtaxservices.com

Posted in: Education,Real Estate,Services

Watch Innovations Television Series on Monday, April 1, 2019

Tune in to History Channel on Monday, April 1, 2019 @6:30 am ET for an all-new episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. Check your local listings for more information.

Coming up on Innovations, learn about Maryland Environmental Service (MES). Operating approximately 1,000 environmental projects and services across the Mid-Atlantic Region, MES employs over 800 teammates. The show will educate audiences on how MES benefits Maryland’s environment through innovative solutions to the region’s most complex environmental challenges.

With a look at Warfighter Hemp products, which are organic and made from cannabidiol (CBD), viewers will discover how Warfighter Hemp is helping Veterans find relief from symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stress and anxiety, sleep deprivation, pain, and more.

Focusing on Rivion’s dedicated team of professionals –and its holistic approach to sustainable design, planning, and building– this segment will discover how Rivion employs the latest technologies and methods to uncover issues and challenges. In addition, spectators will see how Rivion uses data driven metrics to make sure it delivers the right solution and drives value for its clients.

Innovations will also educate about Superior Tray Systems, leaders in the design and manufacturing of top-quality engineered cable bus and cable tray systems. Concentrating on its Cable Bus Solutions, a power distribution system that uses multiple parallel conductors braced in a rigid enclosure, viewers will see how each conductor is insulated and fully continuous from source to load.

“Sustainability is a major focus on our show. As such, we remain dedicated to enlightening audiences about recent advances in sustainable practices,” said Chad Densen, production manager for DMG Productions and the Innovations series. “We are thrilled to be able to share this with audiences around the country.”

About Innovations & DMG Productions: 
Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more.

Backed by experts in various fields, and a team dedicated to education and advancement, DMG Productions consistently produces commercial-free, educational programming on which both viewers and networks depend.

For more information visit: http://www.InnovationsTelevision.com or contact (866) 496-4065.

Posted in: Education,Energy & Environment

April Carnegie Council Public Events Live and Online: "From Gutenberg to Google" with Tom Wheeler and "How Change Happens" with Cass R. Sunstein

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its April 2019 current affairs programs in New York City.

To attend in person, please RSVP. Go to the online calendar: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/calendar.

Press passes and student tickets are available. Please contact events@cceia.org.

Events take place at: 
Carnegie Council 
170 East 64 Street, New York, NY 10065.

Watch them as live webcasts here: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/live.

Videos, transcripts, and audios are available online soon after events take place.

APRIL 2019 EVENTS

April 03, 8:00-9:15 AM EST 
From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future 
Tom Wheeler, Brookings Institution

April 18, 6:00-7:30 PM 
How Change Happens 
Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School

ABOUT CARNEGIE COUNCIL 
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. Go to https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/.

Posted in: Education,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs

One-Day Leadership Workshop Hosted by Trium Showcased New York Times Best-Selling Author, Byron Katie and TED Speaker, Eldra Jackson

The Trium Group, a leading management consultancy that specializes in breakthrough business performance, today announced a successful Dialogues on the Future of Leadership: Bridging the Divide event on February 26. The one-day workshop was held at Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and included executives from across entertainment, gaming, healthcare, and technology sectors – as well as a cross-section of general managers, human resources executives, diversity, equity and inclusion specialists, and thought leaders from the local community.

The event featured world renowned speaker Byron Katie, who addressed the dynamics and challenges of leading in today’s environment by guiding delegates through a powerful inquiry process designed to strengthen one’s clarity and connection in the midst of even the most divisive situations. Through authentic dialogues and an introspective approach, Katie provided attendees with tools, practices, and an awareness of how to create meaningful change from the inside out.

“This was a timely event, especially for those of us working in Hollywood, where so many industry veterans are struggling with how best to navigate unprecedented levels of disruption,” said Emma Whittard, former Vice President, Global Publishing and Business Development, Warner Bros. “Katie’s powerful method of ‘inquiry’ empowers us to extend our leadership impact by challenging our own beliefs and assumptions – in essence, approaching seemingly insurmountable issues by examining ourselves first.”

The event was opened by educator and TED speaker, Eldra Jackson,who spoke vulnerably about hitting rock bottom during his 24 years in the California state prison system, and the steps he took to confront his belief system of “toxic masculinity.” His journey of self-awareness and transformation not only led to being granted freedom from a life sentence; his life’s work now includes actively supporting others – both within and outside of prison – in overcoming their limiting beliefs.

“Eldra’s heartfelt testimony bore witness to the fact that if barriers can be broken down amongst those considered to be the most dangerous segment of our society, then we can all be held to a higher standard,” says Monica Chi, Partner, The Trium Group. “The need for business leaders, in particular, to have a toolkit for developing their maturity has never been greater.”

“These two speakers addressed the path to radically inclusive leadership in a profound and authentic way,” says Andrew Blum, CEO and Managing Partner, The Trium Group. “In today’s climate, with the media shining a spotlight on cultural behavior and scandals, large organizations are dealing with demands for greater transparency and accountability like never before. This workshop provided leaders with an approach to question what they are experiencing and believing in even their most challenging moments, and equipped them to become more clear, empathetic and effective in their leadership.”

To learn more about this event or other areas impacting human performance and leadership development, contact Trium.

About Trium 
The Trium Group is in the breakthroughs business. Founded in 1998, Trium is a leading management consulting firm that seeks to understand and address the human dynamics that impact performance at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Trium has provided consulting and coaching to leadership teams at some of the world’s most recognized companies, including Dropbox, Genentech, Cisco, Sephora, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Activision Blizzard, and more.With a mission of changing the world by changing the way business leaders think, Trium works side-by-side with clients to enable them to succeed in the white space of opportunity.

Posted in: Business,Education

SEOHost.net Discusses The Importance of E-A-T to Search Engine Optimization

SEOHost.net, a provider of SEO hosting, domain registration, and SSL services, today issued a statement about the importance of a website’s E-A-T score in 2019.

First introduced as a concept by Google itself, E-A-T stands for Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness.

Expertise measures the level of skill a website and its creators have in their field and is critical for B2B organizations and businesses working in industries like medicine or finance. Authority is tied to credentials and reviews, both of which serve to validate expertise. Finally, Trustworthiness is based on the website’s hosting platform, as well as factors like SSL certificates or the presence of HTTPS.

“By Google’s own admission, the E-A-T score is one of the top factors it considers when measuring a website’s value,” explains Terry Cane, COO at SEOHost.net. “It ties back into the search engine’s concerted push towards high-quality content in lieu of technical, on-page elements like keywords. Well-written pages and long-form copy with a clear focus tend to perform very well in terms of establishing one’s expertise, but authority and trustworthiness are a little more difficult to build.”

Cane advises working hard to seek out and promote positive, verified reviews, and to engage in outreach with influencers through channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The more relevant, high-quality links, shares, and interactions a website receives, the likelier Google is to take notice and flag it as authoritative. In regards to Trustworthiness, Cane says that it’s more of an attitude than anything.

“Trust seals like an SSL certificate or a Better Business Bureau badge are a good way of establishing surface-level trust,” continues Cane. “But an organization’s best bet is to always err on the side of both privacy and authenticity. Adherence to regulations like the GDPR and a customer-first attitude are both excellent ways to inspire loyalty, and I’ve no doubt they may eventually play into a website’s trustworthiness - if they do not already.”

Cane went on to assert that SEOHost.net is dedicated to helping its clientele with every aspect of search engine optimization, including their E-A-T score. 

Posted in: Business,Education,Services

Title Alliance Appoints Sharon Lontoc as Chief Human Resources Officer

Title Alliance, Ltd, a RESPA-compliant ESOP leader in joint ventured title insurance agencies, announced today it has appointed Sharon Lontoc as Chief Human Resources Officer. This announcement comes after the appointment of Maria Deligiorgis as General Counsel and Compliance Officer.

A graduate of Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University, Lontoc’s career in Human resources began as a graduate school co-op student working in the Labor Relations Department as a Labor Relations Officer for a transportation corporation. She has since served as Manager of Strategic Staffing and Employee Relations where she led the improvement of business performance, organizational processes, and staff relationships through execution of strategic initiatives and key tactical program development. Throughout her career, Lontoc has held positions including Vice President of Employee Relations and Director of Human Resources for a top financial services firm. She has been responsible for areas of the business including talent management, employee relations, succession planning, compensation, business strategy and organizational design. She also has extensive experience with human capital functions including development, implementations and refinement of strategic and operational strategies focused on alignment with the overall business strategy. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Lontoc will be responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy and innovative operating models in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the Title Alliance.

“Sharon is a strategic addition to our team,” says Jim Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of Title Alliance. He continues, “With her extensive background and knowledge of the human resources industry coupled with her business oriented mindset, I am confident that she will help to enhance our workforce and to develop our HR department.” He concludes, “Sharon’s passion and the energy that she will bring to our team will allow us to continue to expand our footprint.”

Lontoc will focus specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, benefits and compensation, and overall employee relations.

“I am excited to be joining such a dynamic industry leader like Title Alliance as Chief Human Resources Officer,” says Lontoc. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help create Human Resources strategies that exceed client expectations, engage people, enable exceptional performance and support an inclusive corporate culture that will further enhance Title Alliance’s reputation as not only the leader in the Title Insurance industry but as the employer of choice as well.”

Lontoc can be reached at slontoc@titlealliance.com.

About Title Alliance: 
Title Alliance, Ltd, an ESOP Company is located in Media, PA and has been creating RESPA compliant title joint ventures since 1983 with lenders, mortgage bankers, realtors, builders and credit unions. Their roots date back to 1948 when their first agency, which is still in existence today, was formed. For more information or to find out how a Title Alliance's partnership or title management skills could benefit you visit them online or contact Lindsay Smith at 800-220-3901 x 165.

Posted in: Business,Education

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud and Lawn Recommend a Later Start to the Lawn Care Season After the Wettest Winter on Record

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the lawn treatment season because the 2018-2019 winter was the wettest on record. A later start will yield better results for homeowners’ lawns and Giroud Tree and Lawn shares the reasons why it’s better to delay a lawn care treatment program.

The birds are chirping and the days are longer, which can only mean one thing- Spring is in the air! Homeowners are looking forward to enjoying time outside in the sunshine, and many may be eager to start a Lawn Care Program. However, the Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the season, because this year a later start will yield better results after the wet winter.

Winter weather can affect how a lawn fares in spring and summer, but carefully timing lawn care treatments can be the deciding factor between a lush, green carpet of grass and one riddled with problems all season long. Fertilizer and weed control are only effective if applied at the optimal time.

“We have to time it just right,” explains Tom McMonagle, Giroud Lawn Care Technician. “It’s a domino effect, and if we start too early, all the other treatments will be too early as well. That’s why we start on the weather, not based on the time of year.”

There’s a Chill in the Ground

The Philadelphia area has been enjoying the spring-like temperatures this week, but it’s important to know that air temperature is different than soil temperature. It takes a lot more energy for the soil to warm up, and the soil needs to be at optimal temperature to get the best results from the fertilizer treatments. Crabgrass Pre-emergent Control needs to be applied just as the Crabgrass is beginning to germinate, which won’t happen until the soil temperature is 55 degrees or above for at least 3 days in a row.

Soaked Soil

It was a very wet winter! Homeowners may notice that the ground is almost spongy when and there are pools of water on many properties. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “From December 2018 through February 2019, the total U.S. winter precipitation was 9.01 inches that was 2.22 inches above average. That made it the wettest winter on record beating the winter of 1997-1998.”

Giroud Lawn Care Technicians have been carefully monitoring soil conditions for 3 important reasons:

1.    An Even, Uniform Application- excess water will dilute the product, causing some sections get too much and others not enough.

2.    Maintaining the Product’s Strength and Effectiveness- wet conditions like these can dilute crabgrass controls and weaken the protective barrier.

3.    Preventing Lawn Damage: If the ground is soft and still absorbing all that water, driving heavy equipment onto the grass will only damage the lawn! In some cases, the ground is still so soaked that even walking on it could leave divots and dents.

Here are a few things homeowners can do now to get the lawn ready for a great season:

1.    Give the property a Spring Cleanup! Clear brush, rake up leaves, and pick up anything that may block the early spring sun from shining down on those little grass sprouts.

2.    Have the soil’s pH level checked. A balanced soil acidity will only strengthen the effectiveness of a lawn care program!

3.    Schedule a Lawn Evaluation with a PA Certified Lawn Care Technician! A lawn expert will analyze the growing environment, the current condition of the lawn, and check for any emerging issues.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn 
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

Posted in: Business,Education,Home & Garden

PAINWeekEnd in Denver, Colorado, Offers CE/CME Education on Frontline Pain Management in the Shadow of the Opioid Crisis

PAINWeekEnd on March 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver Tech Center, 7801 E Orchard Rd, in Greenwood Village, Colorado, will be a timely and relevant program providing busy clinicians and allied healthcare practitioners with 6.0 hours of practical instruction in the management of chronic pain.

On January 1, 2019, a regulation implementing House Bill 18-1007 went into effect in Colorado that expands access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder, part of the state’s effort to go beyond prescribing limitations in its response to the crisis of opioid misuse. It requires individual and group health plans to provide a 5-day supply of at least one FDA-approved drug for MAT without prior authorization for the first request in a 12-month period, to respond with a coverage determination within 24 hours, and to expedite the appeals process for patients who are denied. Senior faculty member Jennifer Bolen, JD, is the founder of The Legal Side of Pain, Knoxville, Tennessee. She observed, “As payor policies for treatment continue to evolve, it is important that providers take steps to stay current on the legal and regulatory environment that may affect their practice and their patients. To that end, I look forward to helping PAINWeekEnd attendees understand medical necessity for substance abuse treatment, drug testing, and prescribing controlled medications.” Attorney Bolen will present 2 courses at PAINWeekEnd Denver, Get Your Specimens in Order: Timely Use of Test Results, and Embrace Changes and Prevent Overdose: A Basic Blueprint for Legal Risk Mitigation and Response.

Other courses will include Rational Polypharmacy: An Update for Specific Conditions; Involuntary Tapers: Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Concerns; Lost in Translation: Making Sense of Clinical Treatment Guidelines; and Cannabis vs Cannabinoids: The Politics of Medical Marijuana.

Commercially supported activities—addressing a range of product, disease state, and medical information topics—will also be presented.

For more information about this or other regional conferences, and to register for 9, go to the PAINWeekEnd website. BONUS: PAINWeekEnd registrants may register for the 2019 PAINWeek National Conference, September 3-7, in Las Vegas, for 0 off the regular online published price.

PAINWeekEnd is provided by Global Education Group. About Global Education Group:

Global Education Group focuses on producing partnership-based CME for healthcare practitioners. The Global team works with a select group of medical education companies, associations, academic institutions and healthcare facilities to develop and accredit live healthcare conferences and workshops as well as online activities. With each partnership or joint providership, Global brings accreditation expertise, project management excellence and grant funding intelligence. Based in Littleton, Colo., Global has accreditation with commendation from the ACCME. Global also holds accreditations to offer continuing education for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, dentists and psychologists. Global is a division of Ultimate Medical Academy.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

ReminderCall.com Announces 2018-19 Scholarship Recipients

For the second consecutive year, Reminder Services, Inc. - a provider of automated communications for the healthcare industry - has awarded ,000 in scholarships to physical therapy students who exhibit academic excellence and a strong sense of personal commitment continue their education.

Established in September 2017, the ReminderCall.com Physical Therapy Scholarship provides financial assistance to college sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students enrolled in an accredited physical therapy program for the 2018-19 academic year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The winners of the 2018-19 ReminderCall.com Physical Therapy Scholarship are: 

  • Diego Galaviz, California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • Kevin Le, Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College
  • Savannah McMillen, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Carl Meyer, Marquette University
  • Jennifer Thomas, Campbell University

“I hope to be a teacher not only in the clinic, but someday also to future physical therapists. There are few things more important than passing a passion for service to others, particularly the future generations. I also want to contribute to or perhaps found a non-profit physical therapy service that is able to narrow the healthcare disparity I see every day,” said Meyer, a first-year graduate student.

International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent scholarship management company, hosts the online application process, selects recipients and disburses awards for the program. Learn more at https://www.remindercall.com/physical-therapy-scholarship/.

About Reminder Services, Inc. 
Reminder Services, Inc. is a Silicon-Valley based company that provides automated appointment reminders. The ReminderCall.com system lets therapists send appointment reminder calls, reminder text messages and reminder emails to patients. We work with an impressive list of Physical Therapy EHRs, EMRs, and scheduling software products. Therapists can customize everything, from voices and languages to delivery dates, times and frequencies. We help adhere to FCC, TCPA, CANSPAM, HIPAA and CASL guidelines.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Congratulates Shivaji College Faculty

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”

The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to: http://www.shivajicollege.ac.in/academics/departments/faculty.php?department=economics

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

Columbus Ohio Entrepreneur Opens First Advanced Esthetics School in Midwest

Columbus-based spa owner and beauty expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, announced today that she is opening the first advanced esthetics school in the Midwest in March of 2019. Skin Perfect University is located at 725 Buckles Court, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230, by John Glenn Airport. It is poised to pick up where beauty schools leave off by offering a roster of advanced classes for accredited estheticians including makeup techniques, permanent makeup, chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, nutrition for skincare, microcurrent, nanocurrent, cryotherapy, ultrasound, radio frequency, color analysis, and much more. Estheticians can earn CEUs by attending classes at Skin Perfect University or take classes to advance their knowledge.

“There are 160 beauty schools in Ohio and none of them offer this kind of advanced training,” said Peresetsky. “In speaking with many of these schools, I have learned how much this kind of education is missing from our industry. I’m thrilled to see how excited they are to have this advanced training available for their graduates right here in Ohio. It makes it easier to keep and grow great talent right here in the midwest.”

The school occupies 3200 square feet and is designed to give students the advanced education they need to succeed and the spa experience that allows them to learn the culture and experience of a professional clinical spa. The space includes: 

  •     five treatment rooms
  •     a large theory room
  •     a large clinical training room
  •     a makeup and color studio
  •     a skin analysis room
  •     a concierge and reception space

Skin Perfect University will employ seven staff including esthetics instructors and ColoreMe Perfect Color Analysis Consultants. Peresetsky also owns Skin Perfect Image Wellness Spa and is the creator of the ColoreMe Perfect Color analysis process and cosmetics line, as well as the Skin Perfect skin care line.

“My passion has always been educating clients and estheticians about skin care, color analysis, and beauty,” said Peresetsky. “After speaking at beauty conferences across the United States for the last several years, I understand what education estheticians need to further their careers, and I’m thrilled to be able to help advance the professionalism of our industry by offering it.”

The grand opening party on March 22 will host licensed estheticians and spa owners who will hear from Jaclyn about the school, receive a facility tour, experience product and service demonstrations, and leave with a goodie bag. International industry publications including Skin, Inc. Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine, and Dermascope Magazine will also be in attendance.

For more information, please visit http://www.SkinPerfectUniversity.com.

About Skin Perfect University

Skin Perfect University (SPU), located in Columbus, Ohio, was created by Jaclyn Peresetsky for the estheticians, cosmetologists, nurses, skin care specialists, spa and salon owners who want advanced training in esthetics, skin care, and makeup. Clinical and medical esthetics are career specialties that demand for a higher level of knowledge than just basic esthetics. SPU education is designed for an interactive, hands-on learning experience for licensed professionals who are passionate about achieving results and wellness in skincare. http://www.SkinPerfectUniversity.com

About Jaclyn Peresetsky

Master esthetician, author, speaker, and noted color expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, is the founder of Skin Perfect University, Skin Perfect Spas, ColoreMe Perfect Cosmetics and Analysis, and Skin Perfect Skin Care. You can usually find Jaclyn at one of her three Skin Perfect Spa locations, traveling to train spas on her cosmetics and skin care lines, speaking at an industry conference, or sharing beauty tips on television.

Posted in: Education,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Moddern Marketing Named Top 100 Healthcare Agency in North America by MM&M

Moddern Marketing (Moddern), an award-winning independently-owned integrated marketing agency, has been honored as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M), one of the nation's leading business publications serving the executive healthcare market.

Moddern has had a sustained run of growth in the healthcare sector since 2013, when it won its first health supplement client. Since then, the agency has added numerous national healthcare and health-related client business in medical devices, infant nutrition, advanced wound care, nerve stimulation, menopause relief, and marketing for orthopedic device distribution. moddern is especially well-versed in the spine sector and has a specialty in marketing ambulatory surgical centers. This is the first time the agency has been honored by MM&M with the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America award.

“It's a real honor for moddern to be named a Healthcare Agency of the year by MM&M. While we’ve been focused on our client business, it’s very rewarding to be recognized in this way for what we’ve accomplished on their behalf,” said Mark Kolier, co-founder and Managing Director of moddern.“From the beginning, we’ve been working diligently to tell the client story in a practical way, and to deliver observable results. It’s exciting for our team to be recognized in this way for the work we do every day.”

MM&M was first published in 1966 as Medical Marketing & Media, and today produces an essential mix of online breaking news and analysis combined with monthly print features. The content is designed for an executive audience of leaders and thinkers who work in pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, and greater healthcare marketing. Every year, the magazine produces several lists, conferences and events, and compiles an annual Agency Issue that features profiles of the top 100 healthcare marketing agencies in North America. It also runs the industry’s premier awards program, the MM&M awards, which celebrate creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing. Its parent company is Haymarket Media.

Moddern Marketing is an integrated marketing services agency based in New York City. With roots in direct marketing, the agency is focused on delivering strategy, creative, and media services in both online and offline environments with a watchful eye on effectiveness and driving measurable results. While moddern has clients in a variety of sectors, it began focusing on healthcare in 2013, and has since recruited against that discipline, while growing its client roster.

Posted in: Business,Education,Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly announces 2018-19 Scholarships

Baltimore, Maryland. February 7, 2019. Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, announced the winners of the 2018-19 MKK-USA scholarships:

1. Raghav Sharma, BA (Honors), 1st year
2. Shivani Badola, B.A Honors, 3rd Year
3. Vaishali Suchdeva, B.A. Honors, 3rd Year

All are students at Shivaji College, University of Delhi.

Dr. Ganguly founded MKK-USA in 1998 as a non-profit organization. The mission of MKK-USA is to provide educational support and humanitarian aid to needy and bright students – both in India and in the Washington, DC region. This non-profit organization also provides humanitarian aid.

Since its inception, MKK-USA has provided scholarships to students in New Delhi and Malda, India, as well as local students at Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Largo High School, Flowers High School. Other recipients of MKK-USA donations include the Children’s Inn at NIH, The National Geographic Afghan Girls Fund and ASHA for Education, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Rockville, and Central Fairfax Services, Fairfax, Virginia.

MKK stands for Manav Kalyan Kendra and translates to Center for Human Welfare. The primary goal of the organization is to provide quality educational support to deserving students through scholarships. They also provide economic support to educational programs in designated intermediate, vocational and higher education institutions in India, especially in New Delhi. The organization also has a good record of supporting humanitarian efforts and educational programs across the world.

MKK is also involved in medical and environmental clean-up efforts in the slums of New Delhi, India and has been instrumental in spreading the message of cleanliness and health among those who live in slums and shanties in this region.

MKK organizes high quality cultural events at regular intervals to help raise funds for their scholarship programs.

According to the spokesperson, they want to make a difference in the lives of children, one child at a time. “We help needy children get quality education so that the can become self-supporting and independent. We also provide humanitarian aid in emergencies.”

In September 2018, Dr. Ganguly organized “Nrityanjali” – a dance program – in partnership with the KONARK Dance School.

Press contact: S. K. Yadav, 703-450-4291

Posted in: Education,Employment,Non Profit,Society & Culture

Your Surgeon Trained Themself with YouTube -- If You're Lucky

The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Technology Management Program (TMP) – an academic department offering Ph.D., Master’s, and Certificates in Technology Management -- announced today newly-available insights into research conducted by TMP Associate Professor Matt Beane. Based on a three-and-a-half-year research study conducted while a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a faculty member at UCSB, Beane’s findings show that current deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), or intelligent machines, is not only inhibiting critical on-the-job learning but potentially creating obstacles to AI-driven productivity gains. In rare cases, according to Beane, workers are creating so-called “deviant” means to acquire the capabilities they need – a phenomenon he has defined as “Shadow Learning.” Beane presents his work in a newly released TED Talkavailable on the Ted.com homepage on Monday, February 4, 2019. Matt will also expand and update his findings along with potential solutions in an upcoming Harvard Business Review, available in mid-2019.

It has been estimated that between one-half to one billion workers will be required to adapt to artificial intelligence – the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” -- in their daily work by 2030 (McKinsey Global Institute). While this -- and much of the volume of research conducted to date -- has focused primarily on the potential efficiencies and growth afforded by AI (along with associated worker displacement), relatively little has been published on issues related to how workers are adapting to these technologies. In his research, “Shadow Learning: Building Robotic Surgical Skill When Approved Means Fail,” published in Administrative Science Quarterly in 2018, Beane finds that in our quest for AI-driven productivity, we are compromising critical, presupposed pathways for learning on the job. Given that most of us learn to perform our work on the job – not in formal training – this new status quo threatens workers’ ability to learn new skills and adapt to challenges presented by increasingly intelligent machines.

“Intelligent machines offer unprecedented efficiency and quality improvements. And while many of us may lose or gain jobs as a result, many, many more of us will have to adapt to these technologies in the jobs we have,” said Beane. “Unfortunately, we’ve been redesigning work to take advantage of these technologies far faster than we’ve been redesigning learning and development. Ironically, these intelligent machines are at the center of the trouble. We’re currently deploying AI in ways that are actually preventing workers from learning by doing – the most common and effective process for getting the new skills to adapt to these new technologies.”

During “TED Salon: The Next Wave,” a condensed version of a TED flagship conference featuring talks focused on the opportunities, tools, and pitfalls of AI, Matt Beane draws from the research he began while a graduate student at MIT. In those years and until today, he has done extensive field research on work involving robots to help us understand the implications of intelligent machines for the broader world of work. Any one of Beane’s projects include many hundreds of hours - sometimes years - watching, interviewing and often working side by side with people trying to work with robots to get their jobs done. Matt has completed projects on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work. His study of robotic surgery covered residency programs at 18 of the top teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

In that study, he found that robots were used in a way that blocked a trainee’s ability to learn on the job and distanced them from a mentor or expert. In traditional or open surgery, the surgeon relied on the resident (or surgical trainee) to participate in the procedure. As a result, residents learned by doing, as they have historically. During robotic surgery, Beane observed something different. “Rather than having their hands in the work, residents and assistants watched the procedure on television. Their on-the-job learning was sacrificed for the sake of efficiency and safety,” said Beane.

The practice residents received during robotic surgery was also lower-quality because of what Beane called helicopter teaching – or giving frequent and very public feedback to residents and intermittently taking control of the robot away from them. To counter this lower-quality learning experience, Beane found a very few residents went to extreme measures, deviating from prescribed training and engaging in what Beane has called “Shadow Learning.” Residents focused on robotic surgery in medical school at the expense of generalist training, engaged in extensive practice on simulators, watched procedures on YouTube and performed robotic surgery with limited expert supervision.

“Surgeons are graduating without sufficient generalist knowledge or utilizing robotic tools due to a lack of experience and mentorship,” said Beane. One of his informants, a Chief of Urology, said this plainly: “They [new surgeons] trained in top programs that teach robotic surgery. And they suck now. I mean these guys can’t do it. They haven’t had any experience doing it. They've watched it happen. Watching a movie doesn’t make you an actor.”

In the last year, Beane has compared his findings with dozens of researchers who have examined the implications of increasingly intelligent machines in other industries such as investment banking and law enforcement. Their data showed evidence of Beane’s findings. The expanded picture and proposed solutions will be published in an upcoming edition of Harvard Business Review (expected in mid-2019).

Beane believes there is an opportunity to alleviate the learning and training problem associated with intelligent machines. He suggests they can be part of the solution: these technologies can coach learners when they are struggling; guide experts on their mentorship, and connect these two groups in smart ways. He notes that some are working on systems like these, but that they are focused on formal training, while the deeper crisis is in on-the-job learning. Making progress on these issues is both critical and daunting, he says: “On-the-job learning is essential for millions of people in countless industries, so hopefully we’ll see more attention in this direction soon. We have to do better – much better – than the status quo.”

About Matt Beane

Matt Beane is an Associate Professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Research Affiliate with MIT's Institute for the Digital Economy. Matt studies deviance in work involving machine intelligence - and specifically robotics. He asks questions like "How do workers, organizations and even AI engage in deviance, and what happens when they do?" Matt has done extensive field research on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work.

Matt received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Information Technologies department. His research on robotic surgery was published in 2018 in Administrative Science Quarterly; his work on robotic telepresence was published in 2014 in Organization Science. Matt was selected in 2012 as a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes, and Robohub. Matt also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help found and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full-stack IoT startup.

About Technology Management Program at UCSB

The Technology Management Program (TMP) at UCSB prepares emerging and experienced professionals with the management skills necessary to lead established or start-up business initiatives within fast-paced, rapidly changing, technology-based enterprises. An academic department that combines a curriculum of theory, practice, and mentorship at the intersection of technology, business, and social science, TMP offers a Ph.D. in Technology Management, a professional Master’s of Technology Management, as well as UC-recognized certificates to current undergraduate and graduate students. Doctoral students study and conduct research along with leading scholars in organizational theory, organizational behavior, technology studies, and strategy. Curriculum for professional master's students is designed to train future technology and business leaders, with a focus on providing students with the knowledge and experience to perform effectively in, and give leadership to, global technology teams. Within the certificate programs, TMP offers driven, innovative, and entrepreneurial students an in-depth understanding of business principles and professional skills vital to their success after graduation. TMP’s annual New Venture Competition (NVC) exposes students to product ideation, team formation, business model development, market validation, and the art of presentation. The new Wilcox Venture Incubator allows students to further develop new business ventures while working alongside mentors, IP and legal experts, and faculty -- preparing them for successful careers as business leaders and entrepreneurs. For more information about TMP, go to http://www.tmp.ucsb.edu.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

Follow TED on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

Posted in: Business,Education

The NAPCP Will Hold a Two-Day Commercial Card Workshop in London To Address How to Administer and Manage a Commercial Card Programme

The NAPCP will hold a two-day educational workshop, “Commercial Card Programme Management: Beyond the Basics,” on 12-13 June 2019, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NWI 4NS. It is open to both industry end-users and providers.

The workshop is geared towards programme managers interested in programme improvements and industry knowledge. A quick review of the basics brings beginners up to speed. The balance of the workshop goes in to depth, related to programme practices and procedures. During the workshop, you will participate in an interactive presentation and open discussion around program challenges and successes. The workshop will be led by Heather Miller, CPCP, MBA, NAPCP Community Engagement Manager.

Many individuals can benefit from a comprehensive understanding of Commercial Cards. This workshop is appropriate for professionals from end-user and provider organisations who are: 

  • programme managers/administrators familiar with the mechanics and benefits of Commercial Cards, but are seeking to broaden their understanding of P-Card and/or Travel Card programme management
  • individuals tasked with exploring/implementing Commercial Card programme(s) for their organisation
  • managers, directors, vice presidents, etc., whose business lines include the P-Card or Travel Card programme; therefore, core knowledge is a must for supporting the organisation’s overall payments strategy
  • new relationship/account managers who provide support to end-user clients

The NAPCP is a global professional association that has been advancing the Commercial Card and Payment industry, which includes Purchasing Cards, Travel Cards, ePayables and more, since 1999. The organisation provides support for industry professionals who are enhancing Commercial Card and Payment programmes, developing policies and procedures, and seeking new products and technological advancements to create efficiencies.

The organisation's website is a robust online repository of educational materials and networking tools, containing thousands of pages of: 

  • White papers
  • Case studies
  • Sample documents and implementation guides
  • Recorded webinars
  • Surveys and polls
  • eNetworking

The NAPCP’s rich content, dedicated EMEA web portal, events, and virtual educational opportunities highlight the industry’s latest advancements, and help users build strong policies and procedures, meet regulatory requirements and achieve management buy-in.

The NAPCP also seeks speakers and hosts for future events in the EMEA region. Review the organisation's year-round end-user speaking opportunities and submit a proposal today.

To access the content and tools on the NAPCP's website, simply become a complimentary subscriber.

About the NAPCP 
The NAPCP is a membership-based professional association committed to advancing Commercial Card and Payment professionals and industry practices worldwide. Serving a community of more than 20,000, the NAPCP is a respected voice in the industry and an impartial resource for members at all experience levels in the public and private sectors. The NAPCP provides unmatched opportunities for continuing education and peer networking through its conferences, Regional Forums, webinars, website, virtual demonstrations, newsletters and regular communication. The association sponsors research and publishes timely and relevant white papers, survey results and other documents. The NAPCP also offers a (Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

National Social Security Advisor Certificate Education Set for 6 U.S. Cities

Premier Social Security Consulting will host its National Social Security Advisor (NSSA®) certificate education in six cities this year while expanding its webinar and on-demand courses for busy professional advisors nationwide.

Marc Kiner, partner at Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the Social Security education program, said professional advisors are busier than ever, but want the comprehensive NSSA program.

“We’ve found that advisors, like the rest of us, are pressed for time,” said Kiner. “An increasing number of advisors are choosing the all-day webinar option. We have the same content and the same interaction ability as a live program, but advisors can take the course in the privacy of their company conference room or the comfort of their home offices.”

NSSA is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program, with accreditation provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C.

The NSSA Advisor certificate is awarded to professional advisors who take the NSSA course and pass an assessment. The National Social Security Association has certified more than 1,700 advisors since the program began in 2013.

Full, all-day NSSA programming will be held in Cincinnati on Feb. 5, April 19, June 3 and 19, Aug. 15 and 16, Oct. 22 and Dec. 3; Orlando, Fla. on March 5; San Diego on March 28; Chicago on June 27; Cleveland on July 16; and New York on Sept. 23. Live Classes run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Webinars will be held on: Jan. 23; Feb. 14; March 12; April 5; May 3; June 18; July 23; Aug. 20; Oct. 17; Dec. 11; Dec. 27.

Cost for the live class is 5, with web-based and on-demand video classes at 5. Premier also offers private, on-site classes for organizations that need to provide in-house Social Security training to multiple professional advisors.

Eight continuing education credits are available for certified financial planners, certified public accountants, and insurance agents nationwide for live classes. Education credits will be also available for on-demand and web-based education in 2019.

Premier provides ongoing gold standard Social Security education support after an NSSA education course is completed, said Kiner. Support includes monthly webinars; marketing videos; and a PowerPoint presentation.

“Baby boomers turn 65 years old at the rate of 10,000 a day, yet the majority of boomers know little about how to maximize their Social Security income,” said Kiner. “That’s why we developed the NSSA certificate program—to help advisors teach clients everything they need to know about Social Security but didn’t know they had to ask.”

Premier is finding that more financial advisors are basing their practices on the needs of baby boomers, said Jim Blair, Premier partner and a Social Security expert. The Social Security topic, he added, has become an excellent lead generation tool.

“Since retirements today can last up to 30 years, Social Security income has become increasingly more important to help retirees not outlive their money,” said Blair. “We find that NSSA advisors are better educated about Social Security and equipped to help their clients make wise decisions about claiming Social Security.”

About 75 million Americans today are classified as baby boomers.

A married couple can leave as much as 0,000 on the table in Social Security benefits by not accessing the program correctly based on their ages, health and life expectancy and not coordinating spousal benefits, said Kiner.

For more information about the National Social Security Advisor certificate program, visit http://www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation.com or http://www.premiernssa.com or call Kiner at (513) 247-0526.

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About Premier Social Security Consulting: 
Premier Social Security Consulting, LLC in Cincinnati educates professional advisors nationwide on the nation’s Social Security program so they can counsel their clients on how to maximize lifetime Social Security income. Partners Marc Kiner and Jim Blair teach the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certification program.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

Trident University Professor, Military Veteran Assists in Recovery Operation

After three vacationers went missing in Arizona, Trident University International (Trident) professor Dr. David Alegre was called upon to take part in a ground search and rescue assistance operation.

On November 17th, three people drove into the Hualapai Peak area, near Kingman, AZ, and did not return. After an initial search, the Mohave County Sherriff Office (MCSO) requested assistance from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

In response, the Arizona Wing headquarters, ground teams, and three squadrons joined the operation. Dr. Alegre, a volunteer CAP mission scanner and aerial photographer, was part of the CAP Prescott Squadron 206 crew that located the vacationing party’s vehicle on November 20th in a canyon near Hualapai Peak.

The vehicle, which was unfortunately wrecked, was searched by MCSO recovery teams. This allowed authorities to afford the proper closure and recovery assistance to concerned family members.

The three aircrew members, including Dr. Alegre, were awarded the CAP Find Ribbon (Distress). This Emergency Services Ribbon is awarded to CAP members for who locate a subject on a search and rescue mission.

“I am honored to have Dr. Alegre as part of our cadre of talented homeland security professors,” remarked Dr. Rudolph Bustos, Department Chair, Homeland Security. “His background and exemplary conduct contribute to our mission of adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence.”

Dr. Alegre instructs in Trident’s College of Health and Human Services, teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security program. He joined Trident in 2013 and is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, with experience in weapons of mass destruction protection planning and hazardous materials management.

About Trident University 
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance the lives and careers of students. Trident offers high-quality associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has over 27,000 alumni, including more than 22,000 with a military affiliation. The University has received multiple acknowledgements from Military Times and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to military-affiliated students. Visit http://www.trident.edu, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

Posted in: Education

Aladtec Exhibiting at Expansive WEMSA Milwaukee Conference

Aladtec, a Wisconsin-based provider of cloud-based scheduling and workforce management software, will be among at least 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services to EMS professionals attending Wisconsin EMS Association's "Working Together" conference and expo, Jan. 16-20 at the Wisconsin Center.

Nearly 900 EMS agencies nationwide use Aladtec to provide 24/7 staffing coverage and swiftly fill open shifts. The platform enables members to trade shifts, request time off, and log OT hours after the fact from a smartphone or other device. The program also includes a sophisticated form tool to speed up daily routines like rig- and med checks.

Aladtec's cloud-based scheduling and workforce management software is used by more than 2,150 agencies across North America, including 138 EMS and fire departments in Wisconsin.

“Before using Aladtec, I spent a lot of time dealing with trade requests from members. Now they take care of their own trades. It's also very easy to check the schedule from anywhere,” said Dale Dow, deputy chief with Fitch Rona Fire & EMS, which serves the Dane County (WI) communities of Fitchburg and Verona. “We'll never go back to paper scheduling."

Watch a short video about how Aladtec's Forms tool can streamline inspection routines here.

Account executive Joe Ellis, Sales Director Nate Davis, and Support Specialist Jake Tormoen will offer free demonstrations of the software and answer user questions about features, such as the new capability to attach and upload files within the Forms area.

Aladtec staff will be at Booth #1020. Expo hours will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday; 11:15 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:45 to 3:30 pm, Friday; and 11:45 am to 1:45 pm on Saturday. Organizers declare WEMSA's show "the biggest Midwest fire and EMS expo." It's expected to include apparatus, airboats, helicopters, ambulances, safety gear, tools, and EMS and firefighting products.

The WEMSA gathering offers EMTs, paramedics and agency leaders several days of continuing education sessions across the tracks of ALS, BLS, critical care, educator, leadership, management operations, community paramedicine, and special populations.

Keynote speakers for the conference are Ashley Voss-Liebig, Division Chief, Emergency Services, for Travis County (TX) Starflight, and Eric Bauer, COO for FlightBridge ED, LLC. 
Following a stint in public affairs after college, Voss-Liebig served three years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic with the 101st Airborne. Upon discharge, she earned her BSN and worked five years as a critical care nurse before becoming a flight nurse. She joined Travis County Starflight as a flight nurse and rescue specialist in 2015.

Voss-Liebig teaches and lectures around the world on a variety of topics, including provider wellness, team performance, and communication.

See a brief lecture on caregiver response to stress that she delivered to emergency responders in London in 2016.

Bauer has worked in EMS for 26 years, with the last 15 spent in helicopter EMS. He is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator. His firm is based in Scottsville, Kentucky.

Other sessions available to attendees include topics like Sim Jim & The Barf Squad: Suction Science; Pediatric Nightmares and a Pediatric Airway Course; Car-Nage: The Kinematics of Trauma; Firefighter Down FDCPR; and How to Make Data Work for You, Not the Other Way Around.

Attendees will have the chance to participate in a variety of hands-on training experiences including a cadaver lab to teach intubation and EMS officer training.

During the exposition, Aladtec representatives will offer participants guided software system demonstrations. Interested agencies can also sign up for a no-cost 14-day customized demo by visiting http://www.aladtec.com

For information about their affordable industry specific options, or to try a free demo, please visit http://www.aladtec.com.

Posted in: Education

Registration Now Open for R3 Stem Cell Provider Training February 15th-16th in Las Vegas

The Nation’s leading provider of regenerative medicine services, R3 Stem Cell, announced that registration is now open for the next physician stem cell therapy training course February 15th-16th 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The course offers providers all the knowledge and procedure experience needed to successfully treat patients with regenerative therapies. Each provider receives a complimentary stem cell procedure! Call (844) GET-STEM or visit http://stemcelltrainingcourse.org to obtain more information and register.

With over 10,000 successful stem cell procedures having been performed nationwide (and over 50,000 PRP procedures), R3 has been at the forefront of regenerative therapies with over fifteen current protocols, IRB approval, extensive safety record and millions of views on its YouTube channel. R3 works with its Centers of Excellence on sales and marketing efforts, Artifical Intelligence, patient procedures, data acquisition and first rate biologics.

Feedback from the stem cell therapy training course has been remarkably high. Each attendee receives a stem cell procedure along with a facial rejuvenation procedure. Providers are then able to speak with patients more intelligently, having had a procedure done on themselves to relate to.

Said R3 CEO David Greene, MD, MBA, “Attendees tell me that the combination of lectures and hands on experience is extremely valuable, providing confidence when treating patients that the methods being incorporated are effective and safe. We teach aesthetics (facial, hair, ED), musculoskeletal, systemic and intranasal methods so providers will know how to perform the procedures on patients. Having the training in Las Vegas at Green Valley Resort has been exciting as well so attendees can add in some down time too!”

The training course is broken up into one day of didactic sessions, which also include a real time facial rejuvenation procedure, and then the second day at a surgery center where procedures on real patients are performed. There are sessions on biologics, marketing, sales conversion role playing, supplements, image guidance, artificial intelligence and the intranasal technique as well.

Providers have plenty of time to work on their ultrasound imaging techniques and network with the industry leading trainers. Each attendee receives a binder with all the presentations and procedure protocols along with a Completion Certificate.

In addition to February 15th and 16th, 2019, the stem cell therapy training course is offered every two months. R3 Stem Cell offers a Partnership program for providers nationwide to assist with ongoing regenerative campaign efforts with protocols, the IRB inclusion, stem cell marketing and seminars. Visit the website for more information or simply call (844) GET-STEM for additional information!

Posted in: Education,Health & Medicine

SubscriberWise CEO Congratulates Newly Elected Florida AG Ashley Moody while Announcing Plans to Brief the Chief Law Officer on Complex Fraud and Racketeering Scams

SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the planning and expectation for company founder and CEO David Howe to inform, educate, and empower Florida’s newly elected Attorney General Ashley Moody on complex civil theft scams exacted against Florida residents and visitors with frequency, ease, and impunity.

Related YouTube Video: Car Rental 'Liability in Waiting' for Renting Public

“First, I’d like to publicly congratulate Ms. Ashley Moody on her election victory in the Sunshine State,” said David Howe, SubscriberWise founder and national child identity guardian. “Becoming Plant City’s highest elected official, as well as the state of Florida’s chief law enforcement officer, is quite an accomplishment and is certainly worthy of praise.

“Second, and most important, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Ms. Moody to a subject that she will undoubtedly become intimately familiar as her official tenure in public office progresses. And that subject is the complex and highly refined ‘ding and dent’ scams perpetrated against unsuspecting and innocent consumers by the under-regulated car rental industry with stunning regularity.

“It’s true,” continued Howe. “According to a representative at the FL AG Office in 2016, complaints from individuals against the car rental industry in the state of Florida are the single largest source of consumer complaints annually. Moreover, according to an investigation from Wink News’ Lindsey Sablan, ‘there's literally hundreds of these...it's truly remarkable’ the reporter noted in 2017 before going public with the following news story: https://www.winknews.com/2017/02/22/fort-myers-mans-complaint-among-many-against-rental-car-firm/

“Unfortunately, though, bringing an end to the complex money scams will be no easy task -- even for a dedicated and experienced legal professional like Ms. Moody,” Howe continued. “And that’s because the scams are indeed sophisticated and highly refined. So much so, in fact, that a cadre of sophisticated attorneys were able to dupe Lee County Judge Archie B. Hayward Jr. by suppressing an official police investigation -- including sworn witness testimony from the same individual who testified at trial after directing law enforcement to the wrong vehicle -- and directly contrary to Florida's 90.803 statute (Howe, David Edward Plaintiff vs Enterprise Holdings Inc, dba National Car Rental Defendant -- Case No: 18-SC-001768; http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0090/Sections/0090.803.html).

“The same can be said about the Lee Port Authority Police where a review of an official police investigation in conjunction with the official trial transcript reveals much more,” Howe added.

“But it’s not all doom and gloom for truth and justice,” Howe emphasized. “Because thanks to Florida’s broad ‘Sunshine Law’ and ‘open government’ Ms. Moody will soon be empowered with what may be the most comprehensive and detailed evidence of criminal fraud and racketeering ever amassed in the United States of America. The mountain of evidence spans a multi-year period and is remarkable in scope with unimpeachable evidence of perjury, state statutory violations, and other due process debacles all contained on Florida official documents taken under-oath and available to all.

Related: Howe Successfully Passes the Baton to USA Federal and State Congressional and Law Enforcement Apparatus, as well as Major Media Outlets, SubscriberWise Announces (AP News) -- https://apnews.com/e0a19fcbf1da4ef8a37ab2b902678b2e

“Yes, I’m certainly eager to make a formal introduction with AG Moody and I’m definitely prepared to enlighten her with overwhelming crime evidence. I simply have no doubt that she’ll address this racket with an unwavering conviction consistent with the upcoming oath and duty that she’ll swear in her official state capacity to protect her fellow FL citizens and visitors while enforcing the laws of the great state of Florida,” the child identity guardian concluded.

About SubscriberWise (https://www.subscriberwise.com)

The nation’s first Issuing consumer reporting agency (CRA) for the communications industry, SubscriberWise® employs enhanced Subscriber Level Segmentation technology to precisely identify credit challenged subscribers to ultra-high achievers to maximize sales and boost profits. By incorporating years of communications performance data and proprietary decision models, SubscriberWise delivers unprecedented predictive power with a fully compliant, score-driven decision management system. Combined with Red Flag compliance and operator-controlled rules, SubscriberWise analytics empower CSR's to instantly and accurately respond to payment and credit characteristics with appropriate options for every subscriber. With SubscriberWise, no subscriber request is ever denied because of credit risk factors.

SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

SubscriberWise is a U.S.A. federally registered trademark of the SubscriberWise Limited Liability Co.

Posted in: Education

Online Coaching for PTE-Academic - A New Venture by Aussizz Group, Dubai

Aussizz Group Dubai will now provide online coaching services for PTE-Academic. The news has brought cheer to aspirants who have struggling to get the right guidance for PTE-A.

The PTE-A is an English proficiency test. A good score in PTE-A is essential for those who aspire to study, migrate or settle abroad. 

Aussizz Group is one of the pioneering names in the Immigration & Education Consulting Industry.

The online coaching service will be available in two modes: Group & Personalised. An aspirant can avail any, after making a fair assessment of his/her current English skill level and learning needs. 

The online coaching service is a game-changer. It brings authentic preparation resources to aspirants' computer screens. Independent of their geographical location, they can access quality study materials, expert tutors, question banks, online PTE practice

Coaching for PTE-A will be provided by expert tutors at PTE Tutorials, the PTE education & training division of Aussizz Group. PTE Tutorials also connects with aspirants through its app for PTE preparation.

The development comes almost a year after Aussizz Group inaugurated its new branch in Dubai. The Dubai branch was then the 11th branch in the company's kitty. 

In the last one year, the company has opened eight more branches. 

This speaks volumes about its deep engagement with the community and quality services.

"A common pain-point is that most aspirants can't devote enough time to prepare for PTE-A," said Mr. Dharmendra Patel, Managing Director at Aussizz Group. 

"This is owing to other academic/professional commitments. The online coaching service aims to plug that gap," he said. 

"We have received a great response for the online coaching service in Australia and India. In Dubai too, we are going to deliver the same top-notch quality education and training. Our goal is to ensure that the community in Dubai can be served in the best possible manner," Mr. Patel added. 

About Aussizz Group
Established in 2009, Aussizz Group is one of the most trusted names offering quality immigration and education consultancy services. 

The team at Aussizz Group is accredited with many licenses and certifications including MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority), MIA (Migration Institute of Australia) and QEAC (Qualified Education Agent Counsellor).

Their expertise includes providing customised, tailor-made solutions in student visa, employer-sponsored visa, partner visa, business visa, visitor visa and GSM visa. 

The company also assists with professional year program, IELTS and PTE coaching and accommodation in Australia. 

Posted in: Education

Fins Attached Partners with Dr. Peter Klimley for a Biology of Sharks and Rays Program: Course to Take Place on the Expedition Vessel Sharkwater

Fins Attached, Marine Research and Conservation non-profit, is excited to announce a partnership with well-known Marine Biologist, Dr. Peter Klimley, a scientist known lovingly as Dr. Hammerhead. An educational marine biology course on sharks and rays will take place on Fins Attached expedition vessel, the Sharkwater in the Eastern Tropical Pacific in the summer of 2019.

Dr. A. Peter Klimley has studied sharks for over three decades and has written over 60 scientific articles on the behavior and ecology of sharks and rays. The topics of his studies have ranged from the complex social habits and keen navigational abilities of hammerhead sharks to the feeding tactics and communication behavior of white sharks. Dr. Klimley realizes that the partnership with Fins Attached is an ideal way to help students learn about sharks and rays, studying in their natural habitat.

"Although I am now retired from UC Davis, my passion for sharks and marine biology has not waned,” stated Dr. Klimley. “Partnering with Fins Attached is a way for me to continue to contribute to the study and conservation of sharks and rays." During his graduate career, he spent many a day free diving among hammerhead sharks, and placing electronic tags on sharks to follow their movements around a seamount and away into the surrounding depths. Dr. Klimley’s pioneering studies of sharks, which in a sense is a manual on how to study sharks, “Secret Life of Sharks,” is available for purchase on Amazon.

Fins Attached has had a busy year since April 2017, when Fins Attached, acquired and launched the vessel Sharkwater, named after the documentary Sharkwater in honor of friend and award-winning filmmaker, the late Rob Stewart. Since then, the Sharkwater has hosted a few private research expeditions and even hosted the remaining Sharkwater filming crew to finish shooting Sharkwater Extinction. Hosting a college-level course on the Sharkwater vessel is a natural next step for Fins Attached.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Klimley on board with us,” began Dr Alex Antoniou, founder of Fins Attached. “This will help fulfill a key mission for Fins Attached, to educate future marine scientist to ultimately help protect these vulnerable animals."

Another Dr. Klimley book, “Biology of Sharks and Rays,” is also available for purchase on Amazon.com and it is the textbook for the upcoming course. If the public would like to learn more about marine conservation, visit finsattached.org. Dr. Klimley will be in attendance at the annual Fins Attached Gala in Denver on February 9, 2019. Donate today and help save ocean wildlife by contributing to the fight against sharks being mercilessly finned. Sharks play a vital role to the health of the marine environment, which ultimately affects all life on earth. To become a sponsor of the course and support marine biology students to enroll, contact info(at)finsattached.org.

As Rob Stewart once put it, "Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth and that above all else is worth fighting for."

About Fins Attached 
Fins Attached conducts research, promotes conservation and provides education for the protection of marine ecosystems. Fins Attached believes in the preservation of our world's precious resources and that through the protection of the ocean's apex predators marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth. Fins Attached is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit finsattached.org, or email info(at)finsattached.org. studysharks.org.

Posted in: Education,Health & Medicine,Non Profit,Pharmaceuticals & Biotech

METAPHYSICAL at the Airliner November 29th!

About Artist : 

METAPHYSICAL  is featured on DJ Don D's the Funky Dope Records IL-Fated "Fire" ep vinyl release. Born in Pasadena and raised in the Central Valley (Goshen, the city of Visalia, Dinuba, the city of Tulare, the city of Reedly and the city of Hanford) of California, METAPHYSICAL a.k.a. Philip Singer, first turned 2 rhyming as a young child. 
 
Back in the day, METAPHYSICAL was known as "Phil Fresh" An aspiring 19-year old emcee. Phil Fresh gained a following by performing in local talent shows and M.C. battles. Phil Fresh's biggest moment was getting airplay with his single, "Back In Time" on the radio station B95fm in 1990.
 
 In 1994 a car accident put him in a coma for two weeks. Hospitalized for 6 months he had 2 relearn how 2 walk and talk again. Inspired with another chance @ life, METAPHYSICAL is now a non-fiction storytelling emcee on the lyric. The song RHYME FLOW from the "Fire" ep release is on the Lower Merion Films "Teacher of the Year" movie now on DVD. 
 
 
 
Rude Boy Magazine, an up and coming magazine gives METAPHYSICAL a mention in the November 2014 edition(rudeboymag.com/metaphysical-mind-blowing-messages). Combining his words with precisely produced beats 2 form mind-blowing messages with songs, get your minds ready for METAPHYSICAL!
 
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Author Ruth Finnegan Chosen As One Of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' In 2017 Book Awards

Author Ruth Finnegan has been chosen as one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in the 2017 Book Awards. Finnegan was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. The award is the latest in a string of international awards for her published works.

"I am so thrilled with this," Finnegan stated. "I have had many book awards but this is by far my most precious win because it's not for an individual book but a voted-for endorsement of myself as an all-round author and, yes, dreamer of dreams - an author of full-length fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and picture books, as well as a screenplay and libretto writer."

Finnegan's previous awards include:

Folklore Society, short list Katharine Briggs Award 1992
British Academy, longlist Book Award 2003
British Association for Applied Limguistics, short list 2003
Herskovits Award, Honorable Mention 2008
National Indie Excellence, Finalist ( visionary fiction) 2016, Finalist (religious fiction) 2017
New York Book Fair, Honorable Mention (romance) 2016
Readers Favorite, 4 Awards (fiction and nonfiction) 2016
Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book, Runner up 2016
Readers Favorite, Honorable Mention
Hungry Monster, Silver award, 2016
Literary Titan, Silver award, 2017
Book Excellence, Winner (friendship) 2017
Kirkus Reviews, one of top 25 of 2017

In addition to a large number of academic works, Finnegan has written three novels.

'Pearl of the Seas' is the tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful - but accident-prone - dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names'. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return - another dream - to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan's award-winning epic romance 'Black inked pearl', here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

'Pearl of the Seas' received a Hungry Monster Silver Award in October 2016. The book has received a number of positive reviews. Tshombye K. Ware of Reader's Favorite stated, "If you're looking for a reader friendly story that touches the depths of your soul, this is definitely one of those books."

The companion work, 'Black Inked Pearl', tells the story of a naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking. After the opening rejection, Kate recalls her Irish upbringing, her convent education, and her coolly-controlled professional success, before her tsunami-like realisation beside an African river of the emotions she had concealed from herself and that she passionately and consumingly loved the man she had rejected.



The novel, born in dreams, is interlaced with the ambiguity between this world and another, and increasingly becomes more poetic, riddling and dreamlike as the story unfolds. The epilogue alludes to the key themes of the novel - the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

Since its publication in 2015 'Black Inked Pearl' has won five international prizes and its screenplay version is top genre winner in the 2017 Capital Fund Screenplay Contest. It was recently named as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards in the "Fiction Visionary" category.

'Black Inked Pearl' has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Scott Neuffer of Forward Reviews stated, "If James Joyce's dream-like opuses were written from a more feminist perspective, they might look something like Ruth Finnegan's Black Inked Pearl, a rapturous fantasia of words and images set somewhere between ancient myth and the green shores of modern Ireland." Chris Fischer, in a Readers Favorite review stated "I just finished reading 'Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest' by author Ruth Finnegan, and all I can say is 'Wow!' It's written in a unique and creative style, one that at times blends poetry with prose ... enviable and beautiful at the same time ... any reader who enjoys a lovely, unique and interesting work of fiction should absolutely read Black Inked Pearl. I will be eagerly awaiting the next offering by author Ruth Finnegan. If it is anything like her debut novel, it will be simply magical!" Kirkus Reviews said, "Kate's romantic quest calls to mind Paradise Lost and Greek mythology as it weaves together biblical allusions, fantasy, and details of the modern day." Like other classic and unusual literary works, the book has given rise to many interpretations and, as Christiana Fatoki perceptively put it, like its more recent prequel 'Pearl of the Seas,' it "sinks into your unconscious."

'The Helix Pearl' is currently in production and will be released in 2018.

Ruth Finnegan is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at r.h.finnegan@open.ac.uk. More information is available at her website at http://www.ruthhfinnegan.com.

Ruth Finnegan OBE is a renowned scholar and celebrated writer who is Emeritus Professor, the Open University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was recently elected as one of the first four International Fellows of the American Folklore Society, a much valued honor. She was born in Derry (on the last day of December 1933) and grew up there and in the remote countryside of Donegal where, as poetically recalled in the second chapter of her novel, 'Black Inked Pearl', she spent the war years; went to a literature-imbued Quaker school in York where, a fellow-student with the actress Judi Dench, she learned to read the resonant poetry of Yeats and Shakespeare and to repeat texts that, with others, she had to learn, aloud (a good training for the sonic style of her novels); earned top degrees in classics and anthropology at Oxford; and carried out fieldwork on story-telling in Africa - a revelation of the multi-sensory nature of performance that has affected her all her life, and constantly comes through in her writing. From 1969, apart from three years in the South Pacific island of Fiji, she taught and researched at the pioneering Open University. She is the author of over twenty academic books, several of them prize-winning. She has three daughters (two of them born in Nigeria), five grandchildren (one in New Zealand), and now lives in Old Bletchley, England, with her husband of over 50 years.

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Tender Hearts Announces That Admission is Open to All Classes for the Academic Year 2018-2019

Tender Hearts School, the educational institution reputed for its inspirational and vibrant learning environment and advanced teaching systems, has announced that admissions are open for all their branches for the academic year 2018-19. The admission process is simple and can be completed quickly by parents who want to give their kids a head start in academics. “We are happy to announce that admissions to all our courses in the pre-primary and primary sections are now open for the year 2018-19,” says the spokesperson for Tender Hearts School. “We welcome parents to take a tour of the school and the campus so that they can experience our professionalism and efficiency first-hand. Parents can complete the admission process by visiting the nearest branch where our friendly staff will guide them in completing the admission process accurately.”

The admission process is open in all branches at:

• Patliputra Path, Rajendra Nagar

• Dollar House, Rajendra Nagar

• Sadhanapuri

• Ashiana Digha Road

• Govind Mitra Road

Tender Hearts School offers a highly conducive learning environment at all its branches for growing children. The teachers of the academy are regularly trained so that they are well-equipped to provide all the support students need to garner knowledge and become the responsible citizens of tomorrow.

At Tender Hearts, some 5200 students have been trained for success till date across all the five branches in Patna. The Tender Hearts School community comprises over 2000 students, staff members and teachers. Over 15,000 parents have chosen Tender Hearts to empower their children academically.

The philosophy of the founders is to impart knowledge and nurture values that can help develop social-emotional and intellectual skills in every child.The school makes use of proven scientific systems and contemporary techniques to develop the physical and mental abilities of students.

The school has adapted a technology-driven approach and makes use of modern learning support mechanisms to deliver the best learning environment to all their students across all branches. The entire focus of the education methodology at Tender Hearts is to make the students of today mature and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Parents can visit the nearest branch for more details related to admission. For more information, visit http://www.tenderheartsindia.com

About Tender Hearts School:

Tender Hearts was launched in 2002 as a preschool. In the year 2013, the school started classes for primary students as well. The teaching methodology at this premier school involves a holistic approach, designed to be future-proof. Even the curriculum has been carefully designed to take care of the present and future needs of children.

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